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Lon Allison

Wheaton, Illinois

May 11, 1952 – Oct 20, 2019 (Age 67)


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Hultgren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Obituary

Lonnie James Allison, loved by many, passed away Sunday morning, October 20, at his home in West Chicago, after bravely fighting liver cancer for two years.

Lon was born in Bozeman, Montana on May 11, 1952 to James and Margaret Allison. As a high school student, Lon was invited to attend Young Life, a Christian youth organization. He was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm the teens had for God. There he learned that God would never leave him or forsake him. In the midst of teenage angst, Lon claimed that promise and asked Christ to come into his life. A year later, after realizing he had deep-seated grief and guilt over his little brother’s accidental drowning, a youth pastor helped him understand the complete forgiveness and grace of Christ, and its ability to heal all wounds.

Lon longed to pass on the good news that changed his life. With this heart calling in mind, he served as a youth pastor, a lead pastor, the Director of Evangelism for the Evangelical Covenant denomination, the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, and most recently, as Pastor of Evangelism and Development at Wheaton Bible Church. Over the years Lon also served on many ministry boards and was dedicated to mentoring ministry leaders. Throughout his career, Lon used God-given humor, music, and dramatic presentation to empathetically communicate the truths of the Bible, touching people’s hearts and drawing them closer to God.

It was while Lon was serving as a youth pastor in Walnut Creek, California that he fell in love with Marie Mathews. They were married in 1979, when he was pastoring his first church. In 1985 they began their family, eventually welcoming three children, Tara, Courtney and Eric. Lon’s joy was increased as his family expanded to include Matthew Nordling (Tara) and step-grandson, Caleb; Patrick Quinn (Courtney), and two granddaughters, Aubrey and Kaylee. Lon shared life with two siblings, Rande Allison (Sue) and Sandy Erickson (Randy). He was preceded in death by his brother Stevie and his parents, James and Margaret.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in memory of Lon, https://shop.alivingtribute.org/products/tree-planting-with-commemorative-card and send commemorative cards to Lon Allison Memorial, PO Box 147, West Chicago IL, 60186.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, October 30, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. at Wheaton Bible Church, 27W500 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185 where a celebration of Lon's life will be held at 6:00 p.m. and a reception to follow. (For those unable to attend, the service will be available via livestream on Facebook Live. On Facebook, search for “Wheaton Bible Church.” Or click this link: Wheaton Bible Church Facebook Page. You can view as the service is in progress or at a later time.)

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I had no inkling Lon was a contemporary.

His warm wit, effortless charm and command of the language at the podium and in print were uncanny.

He was the one beloved son who succeeded my dad at BGC that Jim Kraakevik never had.

On behalf of our family, our deepest condolences to yours

Tim Kraakevik

I didn't actually know Pastor Allison but over the past 5 years or so was honored to listen to his sermons at Wheaton Bible. I looked forward to them as he brought such energy and was such a dynamic speaker, I felt as if he was speaking directly to me. This is such a huge loss for us but also a huge gain for him as he is now with his Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

We did not know Lon very well, we met thru our son and thought he was a delight. While attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lon broke out in song at many places. We thoroughly enjoyed his zest for life.

With the family in spirit and prayers. He was an awesome person. I met him when Hope center first started. He was a force of good.

What a godly man, and what a great guy. Marie, I have been keeping your family in my prayers. Lon will be greatly missed.

I'd wondered away from my childhood faith. In the 1980s I ended up in Oakland, California. My living situation was a mess but I got a job where a young woman (who became my friend) worked. She was a Christian and went to a new-fangled church that played rock music. She invited me to church and I finally took her up on her offer. I feel in love with Hope Center Covenant Church on my first visit and soon became very involved with the church. Lon and Marie became friends and I jumped into the...

One of the finest men that it has been my pleasure to call a friend.
You will be missed.

Lon Allison became a good friend and colleague in ministry. And his daughter Tara and my daughter Anna are close and good friends.

Lon and I had the same woman praying for us over many years and following the different paths of the two of us. Melva Wickman in Santa Barbara. Without the prayers of her neither of us would have been the same.

In the beginning of this century I invited Lon to Sweden for a weekend session in Värmland, the very western parts of Sweden. We...

Lon prayed with me and for me, as my husband faced cancer, years ago. I appreciate the strength that he demonstrated when he faced the disease. I will now pray for Marie and Lon's family as they recover from their loss.

I would like to say that Lon's sermons and life touched a great number of people. Many people will mourn his passing and remember his words. Some church members, like me, will mourn while remembering the joy brought to them when Lon would break out into a Beatles...